The Department of Sociology and Anthropology supports four Specializations within the Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS).
- Globalization, Culture and Power
The Specialization in Globalization, Culture and Power will attract students interested in cultural change, cross-cultural understanding, international development, human rights, and social justice. This program will provide students with diverse opportunities for deep engagement with questions of global change.
Anthropology has been at the forefront of the study of globalizing processes –from the analysis of the rise of global institutions, the critique of development practices, and the ongoing documentation of cultural change as economies and populations move and transform. Our concentration, Globalization, Culture, and Power, reflects this tradition. It aims to give students substantial exposure to the main complementary aspects of globalization as we know it today; large transnational movements and institutions, on the one hand, and particular cultures, contexts and struggles on the other.
- Global Development
According to the executive summary of the “White Paper” on International Development Studies in Canada published by the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) and the North-South Institute in October 2003, “the study of development provides a window on the world of inequality and the possibilities of overcoming it both internationally and domestically.” At Carleton, students pursuing the Specialization in Global Development will gain a multidisciplinary perspective on this broad and important field by taking foundational courses in anthropology, economics, geography, and political science. The program’s core courses, together with a rich selection of electives, will help students understand the way the world is unfolding in the face of increasingly urgent challenges, from climate change to human security to global epidemics. This specialization is governed collectively by Anthropology, Economics, Geography and Political Science.
- Migration and Diaspora Studies
We live in a world on the move. Not only are there more than 200 million people now living outside the country of their birth, but new technologies have allowed for the rapid movement of ideas around the world and connections between communities like never before. Behind the statistics are the lived realities of migrants themselves, the contributions they make to their new societies, and the links that they sustain with their countries and communities of origin.
The multidisciplinary specialization in Migration and Diaspora Studies helps students to perceive unexpected connections between communities, and understand the factors that influence the movement of people. It is the first undergraduate program in Canada to draw on the expertise of national and international leaders in a range of disciplines and traditions in the arts, humanities and social sciences in order to examine topics such as citizenship, the global refugee regime, multiculturalism, state security, transnational identities, and violent extremism. In doing so, it provides students with key skills in mobility and migration that are highly prized by multinational corporations, government and legal agencies, NGOs, and cultural and social entrepreneurs. This Multidisciplinary specialization is governed by the Committee on Migration and Diaspora Studies, which includes a representative from Sociology.
- Global Inequalities and Social Change
The Specialization in Global Inequalities and Social Change critically engages major social issues facing the global community today. This Specialization will attract students concerned with understanding structures of injustice, the lived experience of marginalization, and strategies for challenging inequalities. Global Inequalities and Social Change mobilizes sociological and interdisciplinary tools to interpret the social, cultural, political and economic forces that shape relations of power in our globalized world. Indeed, at the core of the sociological tradition is the critical capacity to connect the everyday realities of individuals to larger public issues and problems, while understanding people as active agents of transformation to realize a just world.
This Specialization takes both theoretical and applied approaches to today’s most pressing questions, including class inequality, poverty, and homelessness; political violence and security; colonialism; labour; health; and, various dimensions of identity such as nation/citizenship, race, gender and sexuality. Students of Global Inequalities and Social Change will also develop knowledge of various forms of resistance to oppression, including social movements like the “Idle No More” or “Occupy” movements, and transnational solidarity. Students will be offered opportunities to learn directly from people working in social justice communities, and may choose to pursue hands-on, community-engaged learning.